New stadium in Melbourne becomes cultural and architectural landmark
Located in Melbourne's sports and entertainment precinct just, AAMI Park provides Melbourne with a new stadium that has become a vibrant and innovative cultural and architectural landmark.
The spectacular 31, 000 seat rectangular stadium is a world class sports facility featuring an innovative bio-frame roof creating a highly efficient, cost effective, functional, visually exciting structure.
Arup and Cox Architecture designed a structure where each element serves multiple purposes, using minimal materials. Fire and services solutions were provided by NDY. The design team worked within a virtual 3D environment using parametric modelling. Each member was optimised for size and load, accommodating the final preset geometry for fabrication and construction purposes, giving a lightweight steel structure that uses 50 per cent less steel than a traditional cantilever.
Every component of the stadium's roof serves multiple purposes, ensuring minimal material use. Such precision of the steel roof structure and its connection to the concrete bowl required close coordination between design, fabrication and assembly teams.
AAMI Park's cladding system can be modified to support various technologies including photovoltaic cells, enabling the stadium to evolve with technology and sustainable design practices. Each glass and metal panel is designed to suit a specific location, and allows various levels of sunlight penetration and views into and out of the stadium. The shape of the roof also allows maximum sunlight penetration to the pitch.
The stadium façade lighting scheme was designed to be a ‘living design', able to be updated with content generated by community artists from all genres. Electrolight (lighting consultants) approached the façade lighting considering the stadium's sporting, historical and cultural contexts.
The stadium offers an unrivalled spectator experience that places fans close to the action, where they can immerse themselves into the spirit of the game.
This world class stadium increases Victoria's ability to attract national and international events, adding to its economic growth and Melbourne's claim as Australia's sporting capital.